Even at the tender age of 2, 3, 4, or 5, your child needs lots of opportunities for physical activity. Active play is important both for good health and for building gross motor skills. For preschoolers, developing large motor skills—learning to use the large muscles in their legs, arms, and trunk to run, jump, throw, catch, and kick—is fun!

Kids this age are also working on fine motor skills; although those develop a bit later, they are crucial for important tasks like learning to write. You’ll want to provide your preschooler with plenty of time to work all her muscles, big and small. They all have to work together to help her succeed!